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Poster: Darkstarz117 Date: Apr 22, 2008 8:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Fave Dark Stars

10-9-89 the aud recording on archive is amazing. wish i could have been there. The first note of the song is heard and all you can hear is the crowd. Its a great example of how the energy of auds adds to my listenin experience.

LIVE/DEAD Its well worth the purchase for everything on it but that dark star is very bone tangling in the best kind of way.

4-29-72 Its an overseas star. Well lets see the vocals from Jerry are extremely strong in all the right places. Overall its another show to go check out. This DS clocks in at 30:01. So sit down relax and let this star make you explore those hidden crevice's deep within the universe.

Grayfolded I dont think this can count but it is two discs of a reimagined dark star. The entire first disc is folded so many times that it fit on the second disc in a matter of seconds and it sounded like wind. There are so many things I could say that I love about this album. So just go to the store and purchase it. How often are you goin to hear 4 or more Jerry's or Bobby's or Phil's or Billy's or Mickey's at one time. Its amazing hearing Jerry interact with himself from a DS years before.

And finally a post Jerry DS. The Dead at Bonnaroo 2004 Dark Star>Shine On You Crazy Diamond> Dark Star. First time i saw this setlist i was extremely excited and not let down.

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Poster: CompSurfahV2 Date: Apr 23, 2008 5:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fave Dark Stars

May not be the best Dark Star.... But I have always been partial to the Set I opener from the Fillmore West show the day I was born... 3-2-1969.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Apr 22, 2008 11:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fave Dark Stars

One nice thing about "Grayfolded" is the Dark Star map they included listing which Dark Stars are playing at any given second on the CD. A very cool resource if you hear snatches of a particular Dark Star on the CD and you want to hear the whole thing later. You know from the map what show it was and you can probably listen to it here on the Archive.
I heard one bit of music on "Grayfolded" from 1/20/68 that wasn't a Dark Star at all, but the end of Caution and the 1/20/68 show totally blew my mind when I tracked it down and played it! That map was a very helpful guide to a lot of fantastic shows for a Dark Star fanatic like me.

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2008-04-23 06:55:35

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Poster: Darkstarz117 Date: Apr 22, 2008 11:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fave Dark Stars

Agreed I couldnt tell you how many times im listenin to a dark star and i get the book to see if its on the disc. Or vice versa. I polished off my old Wales & Garcia Hooteroll? album and wow I remember why I loved this. There are themes that could resemble Pink Floyd and even Fire On The Mountain which is phenomonal considering that Hooteroll was recorded in 1972 and Fire debuted in the mid to late 70's. Also one more dark star that I forgot to talk about was 9-19-70 everytime i hear this tape i think i recognize a lets spend the night together tease.

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Poster: Darkstarz117 Date: Apr 23, 2008 12:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fave Dark Stars

weird the threads disappeared. ah well basically what i had writen was i'm listenin to 1970-9-19 again and i love it when the audience goes exploring with the band. 11:48 is an amazing moment the song that the audience livens up after the band got out of the really spacey part right before that. That energy was just amazing and for it to not only be preserved on tape for prosterity but it can still move the listener. That is magic. I agree on the lovelight mess up however i was referring to Jerry's lead he starts to play the melody of Lets Spend the Night Together for a very short moment. Or it is something that has always reminded me of that. It prolly is just me.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 23, 2008 8:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fave Dark Stars

My favorite...

Love the Feb 70 and Mar 69 ones listed above and below...

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Poster: august_wst Date: Apr 23, 2008 5:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fave Dark Stars

I have to say that 2/11/70 has always been a favorite.

Oswald must have felt similarly as it is the largest uncut chunk on Greyfolded, and of course there's the Dick's Pick's release of the show... so I guess some other people liked too.

Then there's 4/28/71 with TC sitting in as a guest... great keys on that one! "Where are we?! Yuck yuck yuck!"

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Apr 23, 2008 8:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fave Dark Stars

I prefer the jazzier, less "spacey/feedback" Darkstars and so, in order of preference:

12/31/78
Farewell to Winterland...perfect Dark Star w/Other One sandwiched in between...jazzy, mellow, exploratory, and gorgeous Garcia vocals.

1/10/79 http://www.archive.org/details/gd79-01-10.gatto.kempka.307.sbeok.shnf
Most underrated DarkStar ever...part of a great overall show that also features a Top 3 Shakedown and Miracle.

7/14/84 Greek Theater encore. What an encore.

11/11/73 Despite the brief Phil weirdness section this one is deserving of its legendary status. A jazz masterpiece in many ways, and floats like a dream. Spills out into a beautiful "Eyes of the World."

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Apr 23, 2008 12:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fave Dark Stars

hmmmmm. 9/21/72, 10/19/73, 9/19/70, 4/8/72 2/22/69 2/27/69, 2/13/70 i know i'm forgetting a bunch

This post was modified by mcgannahan on 2008-04-23 19:50:06